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pettish

[ pet-ish ]
/ ˈpɛt ɪʃ /
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adjective
petulantly peevish: a pettish refusal.
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Origin of pettish

First recorded in 1585–95; see origin at pet2, -ish1

OTHER WORDS FROM pettish

pet·tish·ly, adverbpet·tish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pettish

pettish
/ (ˈpɛtɪʃ) /

adjective
peevish; petulanta pettish child

Derived forms of pettish

pettishly, adverbpettishness, noun

Word Origin for pettish

C16: from pet ²
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